This refreshing twist on a classic cocktail hails from Fleming's Steakhouse. Their Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini is perfect for summer, but also melts away the winter blues.
(This recipe was originally published in August 2014, but was updated with new photos and content in 2020).
Although I enjoy a good beer or a glass of wine, I'm partial to cocktails if the mood strikes. When dining out they're usually pricier than their alcoholic friends. And they can hit you like a ton of bricks if they are strong enough (the best ones are).
When they're crafted with love, there's nothing like a nice cocktail to take the edge off. Especially at the end of a rough day. It just feels better with a well-executed cocktail in hand.
I acquired this fruity cocktail recipe from a visit to Fleming's Steakhouse. I actually ordered two of these off their cocktail menu because after tasting one, I couldn't stop drinking them! This blueberry twist on a classic lemon drop is novel and delicious.
It has the tart and sweet balance of an excellent lemon drop with the vibrancy and gorgeous purple hue of fresh muddled blueberries. The exact shade of your martini will vary depending on the blueness of your blueberries. I've made this recipe several times and yielded slightly different shades, from pale blush to a more intense shade of violet.
A raw sugar rim adds extra sweetness and crunch. The original recipe from Fleming's calls for Pinnacle Blueberry Vodka. I typically use Stoli Blueberi Vodka, and in a pinch I've even made this with regular non-blueberry vodka.
This blueberry lemon drop is perfect for any occasion. If you've got a martini glass and some basics in your liquor cabinet, you can enjoy it any night.
How to make it
Rub a lemon wedge over the rim of a cocktail glass, and dip in raw sugar to create a sugar rim. Add 2 blueberries to the glass and set aside.
Next, in a cocktail shaker muddle 12 fresh blueberries. Add blueberry vodka (although regular vodka WILL work if that's all you have), fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup.
I prefer to make my own simple syrup rather than purchasing it. Simply add equal parts sugar and water to a small saucepan. Heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Cool before using.
Add ice cubes to the cocktail shaker, cover the lid and shake vigorously. Next, strain it into your prepared cocktail glass.
Expert tip: I recommend straining it through a small fine mesh strainer in addition to the attached strainer in the shaker lid. Otherwise you will get blueberry skins and seeds in your drink.
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Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini
- Raw sugar for rim
- 14 blueberries
- 2 ounces Stoli blueberri vodka or other blueberry vodka–they use Pinnacle at Fleming’s
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, cooked into a syrup and then cooled)
- Rub a lemon wedge over the rim of a martini glass and dip in raw sugar to create a sugar rim. Add 2 blueberries to the glass and set aside.
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle 12 remaining blueberries. Add ice, blueberry vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup; shake and then strain into the martini glass (use a small fine mesh sieve to remove all the blueberry skins and seeds). Serve immediately.
- I've made this recipe multiple times with both blueberry vodka and regular vodka on different occasions. Regular vodka will definitely yield a delicious cocktail if that's all you have!
- Also note that blueberries come in different sizes, and some will yield more color than others when muddled into this drink. If your blueberries aren't really in season, add a few extra to get more blueberry color and flavor into the drink.
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*